How strong are your internet passwords? Probably not as strong as you think. A 6-character password that’s all lowercase letters takes only about 10 minutes to crack. Even adding uppercase letters, numbers and symbols will only buy you a few weeks. If that information isn’t scary enough, studies have shown that 3 out of 4 consumers reuse their passwords across multiple accounts and many of these passwords haven’t been changed in the last five years. Bottom line? Your online security could probably use a boost and that begins with something as simple as choosing stronger passwords for your accounts.
By today’s standards, a strong password should be at least 8 characters, but really something twice that length is ideal. It should include letters, numbers and symbols. If the account allows you to add spaces, that’s even better. Your passwords should appear like long, random chains of characters to total strangers and they should be different for each of your accounts.
Memorizing all those passwords can be tough, but that’s where a password manager can help. Programs like LastPass and KeePass save complex passwords in a secure database so that you only have to remember one password to access them all. In addition to taking these extra measures to better protect your identity, you should also choose not to share your passwords with friends and family.